HORVAT TRADE BREAKDOWN
2023-01-30 · 2 min read · NHL/Hockey
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After months of speculation, Vancouver Canucks captain Bo Horvat is on the move. The 27-year-old who had spent his whole nine-year career with the Canucks is now a New York Islander. The Canucks are receiving winger Anthony Beauvillier, prospect Aatu Raty and a conditional first-round selection in the 2023 draft; the pick is believed to be top 12 protected.
Horvat, a pending UFA, is in the midst of a career year with 54 points in 49 games, including 31 goals. His previous career high for goals was set last year with 31 in 70 games. While his high mark for points is 61 in 82 games, set in the 18-19 season. Horvat ended his Canucks tenure with a bang, as he had four points in a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday night.
Beauvillier has nine goals and 11 assists in 49 games this season, while Raty has two goals in 12 games. Raty also has seven goals and eight assists in 27 games with the American Hockey League's Bridgeport Islanders.
Vancouver enters the NHL All-Star break in sixth place in the Pacific Division with a 20-26-3 record, 14 points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card from the Western Conference. New York (25-22-6) is sixth in the Metropolitan Division, two points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the playoffs from the Eastern Conference.
Selected by Vancouver with the No. 9 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Horvat has 420 points (201 goals, 219 assists) in 621 regular-season games and 16 points (11 goals, five assists) in 23 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Horvat, also funny enough, is representing the Canucks at this Saturday's all-star game.
Given the Islanders' struggles this season, there's a chance we see Horvat on the move again this year, closer to the March 3rd trade deadline; if the Isles fall out of the playoff race and don't think they can re-sign him. For now, at least the Islanders pick up much-needed offensive punch and a proven clutch player.
By: Chase Howard